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Defence procurement has been one of the biggest machines for wasting money

MPs to review policing reforms

MPs will investigate the effect that the most radical reforms to policing in 50 years will have on the future of the service, it was announced today.

Senior doctor calls for drugs law reform

Illegal drugs should be decriminalised because the blanket ban has failed to cut crime or improve health, a leading doctor has said.

17,000 immigration appeals unopposed

Thousands of appeals against immigration decisions succeeded last year without the Home Office even attending a hearing to defend its original rejections, figures showed today.

Hodge wins secret ballot to chair spending watchdog

Margaret Hodge, the former Labour minister, has been handed one of the most powerful backbench jobs in the Commons after winning the election to lead parliament's government spending watchdog.

<i>IoS</i> 'One of the Above' campaign letters special

Voting is indeed "one of the most precious freedoms we can have", but the low turnouts in recent elections have shown just how few people in this country appreciate it. Low participation diminishes our democracy, and it would be a devastating blow if the expenses scandal and general political disillusionment were to deter even more people from taking part.

Government urged to act on would-be young offenders

The Government needs to place more emphasis on early intervention when it comes to identifying and dealing with potential young offenders, a group of MPs said today.

Questions raised over value of DNA crime matches

DNA matches from the national database help solve as few as one crime in every 1,300, it was claimed today.

Forced marriage victims' calls going unanswered

Funding cuts to helpline could lead to service closing down within six months

The Sketch: Who would die in a ditch with Patricia Hewitt?

But what on earth were they up to? What did they think they were doing? It's marvellous how bad politicians are at this sort of thing. They couldn't organise an act of congress on a porn set.

Jerome Taylor: Keith Vaz's familiar outrage cuts no ice with gamers

For those who play computer games the furore over the latest Call of Duty title is an all too predictable and depressingly familiar controversy. At least once every year a politician – normally one who has never picked up an Xbox controller in their life – howls with outrage and righteous indignation at the latest software release to have upset the moral brigade.

Paul Vale: The Modern Warfare 2 outcry is woefully predictable

As laughable as it was predictable, MP Keith Vaz has criticised the publication of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, a new game from Activision that features scenes of violence and places gamers in scenarios where they are asked to decide whether to kill civilians in order to infiltrate a group of Russian terrorists.

Minister faces inquiry over illegal worker

The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, was fighting for her political career last night as immigration officials began an investigation into how she came to hire an illegal worker as a housekeeper.

Probe into law chief's illegal worker

Immigration officials launched an investigation today into revelations that the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, employed an illegal migrant.

John Walsh: Only a t*** would not know the meaning of the word

Just as David Cameron missed the point last year about the song "Eton Rifles" by The Jam (it's not, in fact, a recruiting hymn to the school cadet force, as Paul Weller had to explain to him), he now fails to realise that one doesn't use the word "twat" in polite company.

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The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on